Weekly Worship Meditation

September 2017

"Oh...Give Thanks to the LORD"

Oh that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! —Psalm 107:8 The recurring verse: “Oh that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” is repeated no less than four times in Psalm 107 (vv.7, 15, 21, 31).  I echo the heart of the psalmist.  Not only that people in general would give the praise and thanksgiving that God alone...

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On Genealogies

Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. —1 Chronicles 1:1-4  The opening verses of 1 Chronicles, followed by nine chapters of names we modern Americans find most difficult to pronounce, are not likely to be viewed as life-changing.  We may even be tempted to skip them.  Why are these genealogies in the Bible? First, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul wrote that “All...

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Being Faithful, Now

'Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?  4  Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,' says the LORD; 'and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,' says the LORD, 'and work; for I am with you,' says the LORD of hosts. —Haggai 2:3-4  The prophet Haggai was called to encourage the returning...

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Understanding the Book of Job

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. —Job 1:1 Reading the book of Job is tricky.  It is easy to misunderstand.  Here are five important pointers: (1) Keep 1:6-12 and 2:1-6 in mind at all times.  These passages are a peek behind the scenes.  Job and his friends did not know what was happening behind the scenes when their conversations took place.  We do, but...

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